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WHO: China Must Share More Information On COVID Impact

The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that Chinese officials must provide more real-time information regarding Covid in the nation as illnesses rise.

Over the past few weeks, many of the nation’s tight restrictions have been loosened; however, cases have increased dramatically, and many nations are now screening travelers from China.

WHO representatives said they need additional information on hospitalizations, deaths, and admissions to intensive care units.

Additionally, it needs immunization statistics.

In order to prevent the virus from spreading again, the United States, Spain, France, South Korea, India, Italy, Japan, and Taiwan have all mandated Covid tests for visitors from China.

Additionally, before boarding a flight, Chinese nationals coming in England will need to provide the results of a negative test.

The UN health agency stated in a statement following discussions with Chinese government representatives: “WHO again requested regular sharing of precise and real-time data on the epidemiological condition… Providing information on the number of vaccinations administered as well as immunization status, particularly for elderly and vulnerable patients.

The organization stated that it was prepared to offer assistance in these regions as well as assistance in tackling the problem of vaccine reluctance.

The need of monitoring and timely data disclosure was also emphasized in order to assist China and the rest of the world in developing accurate risk assessments and effective responses

On Tuesday, the WHO’s technical advisory group on the development of Covid-19 is scheduled to convene. According to the agency, Chinese experts have been invited to give comprehensive data on viral sequencing.

It states that it is “understandable” that some nations are putting new travel restrictions on citizens leaving China.

Following protests in November against the government’s handling of the epidemic, several of China’s prohibitions were abruptly lifted.

China, which had a zero-Covid policy up until that point, had one of the strictest anti-Covid regimes in the entire world.

There were stringent lockdowns even if only a few instances had been discovered, widespread testing in areas where cases had been recorded, and Covid patients were required to be isolated at home or in government facilities under quarantine.

Lockdowns and quarantine regulations are no longer in effect. People can now once more travel internationally.

Since then, the number of cases has increased, with the Chinese authorities reporting roughly 5,000 cases every day. Analysts claim that these figures are significantly understated and that the actual daily caseload may be closer to one million.

Although only 13 Covid deaths have been reported in December officially, UK-based health data company Airfinity stated on Thursday that the disease is likely killing almost 9,000 people in China every day.

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